|Project by AaronK||posted 12-30-2016 04:23 PM||650 views||1 time favorited||7 comments|
This is a split-top sawbench made from dimensional lumber (looks like spruce), which I’ve modified for use a children’s workbench – I made it as a holiday present for my daughter. The modifications consist of:
- adding a removable filler strip to close the split top
- adding a 6” irwin vise to the front
It’s about 36” long x 19” high x 12” across – perfect for both applications. When she has grown out of it, she (or I ;-)) can use it as a sawbench.
I did the majority of the work by hand, including milling and dimensioning – only used a table saw for the long rip cuts. This is the first time I used dovetails in a project, and while there are gaps here and there they came out pretty well and weren’t too hard. It was also my first time doing drawbored tenons – WOW those were totally awesome and satisfying to see come together. they were neither glued nor clamped, which feels great considering how rigid the joint is… I left the pegs proud on the inside as a reminder of how they were made.
Overall, most of the rough work by hand and all of the joinery by hand was quite time consuming, but felt most like what I wanted to be doing when I first started woodworking – which is actually working wood instead of messing around with machine setup. best of all, i didn’t use an electric router or sander, man i hate those things!
I credit a lot of the accuracy and cleanliness of the joints to using knives instead of pencils – I used scribed lines as the beginning of joinery either with a marking knife or cutting gauge… this was a first for me, although in retrospect it seems so obvious.